I have all sorts of small items in mine; a list would include flashlight, screwdriver, hammer, tape measures, wrenches, my blower door and infrared imaging camera. Plus a bunch of flashlights. Yep! A bunch of flashlights. I like those everywhere, usually two at a time.
What kind of tools do you carry?
An HVAC Tech might have the first part of my list, and a set of pressure gauges and thermometers instead of my specialized equipment. Yes, I don’t really need his specialized equipment.
An Install Tech for an Insulation Company would probably have the general stuff and some specialized tools like an insulation blower, staple guns, and an air compressor.
Yes, the work you do requires certain tools. Most tools are fairly general and found in almost everyone’s tool kit, some are specialized to the work we do.
Now that I have pointed out the obvious, everyone maybe wondering why I’m thinking about tools and home performance. So lets connect the dots a little.
First, what happens if you get to the job and you can’t find a screw driver? It has happened to me more than once! I just hate that! How many knife blades have we broken on our pocket knives when we find ourselves in that position? We still have a job to do and the wrong tool takes longer, sometimes with banged knuckles.
What happens when the products or services we provide to our customers, can perhaps meet their need, like the blade on a pocket knife, but do not meet the need like a screwdriver? That is the position many in the building performance are find themselves in. They have a customer that is uncomfortable in their own home or a business with uncomfortable employees and customers. How does the management design a solution for their techs to implement and thus satisfy their customer, making them comfortable again. As a business, we each try to provide the solution to the customer from our stock. That is how we get paid. You don’t pay the mechanic that fixes your car, when the plumbing needs to be fixed. You pay the plumber, after the drain works again.
So you have a room that is Hot in the Summer and Cold in the winter? Who do you call and what solution do the problem do you implement?
If you call a Heating / Cooling contractor, they have equipment on the shelf, probably not insulation. So you will have a proposal to change your equipment for bigger units or perhaps to add a unit. The proposal will certainly involve equipment. After all, if your mid size car gets you to the store, a larger car will get you there with more comfort. Would you expect your HVAC contractor to recommend insulation?
What is the actual answer to to your comfort situation? Larger equipment with more punch or some insulation? What if your solution does not involve either equipment or insulation?
Now we are back to the tools of our Trades! What tools do you have? Equipment, Insulation, Air Sealing, Windows? The solutions you provide must involve the tools of your trade. That is why a savvy homeowner might consult with more than one contractor. That is a great argument for savvy contractors to partner with contractors and others that work on changing the energy use in your home or business. Why should a good contractor limit themselves to providing only part of the solution.
This is happening in many areas of the country. Contractors are partnering with others in their area to build home performance teams. There are contractors in Wichita that are moving in this direction. I think that is great!
Deciding on the measures that will solve your comfort concerns, while bringing down your energy costs, involves a team that includes all of the contractors and a Energy Specialist that does not have a product on the shelf to sell you. The ability to recommend, without having a financial interest in the products, has been valued by many home owners. An Audit by Efficient Energy Savers, provides you with the independence in evaluation, and recommendations needed to get the answer you are actually looking for.